Intergovernmental Affairs and RESTORE Act


 Sheree Keeler, Director
 Intergovernmental Affairs and RESTORE Act
 (850) 926-0919
 [email protected]

Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program (CFHP)

 Wakulla County will be making application for two projects seeking CDBG-MIT CFHP funding as discussed below, and is seeking public comment on the two projects beginning at 8:00 AM EST TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020, and ending 5:00 PM EST TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2020

 DEO received a total of $633 Million in CDBG-MIT funding for eligible entities impacted by Hurricanes Hermine (2016), Matthew (2106), and/or Irma (2017), pursuant to the State’s Mitigation Action Plan.  Sixty-one of Florida’s 67 counties were impacted by these hurricanes, including Wakulla County.   Three separate grant programs fall under the CDBG-MIT program (the CFHP, Planning Program and Infrastructure Program), and each program is allocated a percentage of the total CDBG-MIT funds as well as having different guidelines and application process.   

DEO allocated $75 Million to the CFHP program to mitigate existing critical facilities, which are defined as (existing) facilities serving a public safety purpose.  Funds cannot be used for new construction or furnishings.  This is a competitive grant program based on a scoring system.   Applications are due June 30, 2020.  On May 18, 2020, the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners (Board) approved staff making applications to the CDBG-MIT CFHP seeking funding for the following two projects: 

#1 Community Center Gym – hard coating the existing gym so that it can be used as pre-and post-disaster event Shelter.  Estimated cost is $250,000.00 for professional engineering services, permitting and construction. 

#2 Trice Lane Fire/EMS Station - hard coating the existing facility so that it can maintain continuity of operations during and after a disaster event.   Estimated cost is $250,000.00 for professional engineering services, permitting and construction.

The Board is seeking public input on the two CDBG-MIT CFHP proposed projects.  All comments must be written and received by e-mail to [email protected] or US mail to Wakulla BOCC, Attention:  Sheree Keeler, PO Box 1263, Crawfordville, Florida 32327.  All comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Additional information on the CDBG-MIT CFHP is available on the DEO website at

The Intergovernmental Affairs Department serves as the liaison and the point of contact for information, programs and initiatives relating to:
  • Adopted Infrastructure Plan
  • BP Oil Spill: RESTORE Act, Triumph Gulf Coast, NRDA Projects
  • Bike Trails
  • Economic Development  
  • Federal and State Programs and Grants
  • Federal and State Legislative Affairs

ADOPTED INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN (AIP):  The County adopted an Infrastructure Plan in 2012 and updated it in 2017, in an effort to bring together in one cohesive document an inventory of primarily County owned and operated facilities, property and infrastructure projects.  The projects range from new initiatives to improvements and repairs and maintenance to existing resources.  The AIP provides a road map for committing funds and resources on projects that will best serve the citizens of Wakulla County and to enhance the experience of our visitors. 

BP OIL SPILL OF 2012:  On April 20, 2010, an unprecedented event occurred when the Deepwater Horizon mobile drilling unit exploded, caught fire, and eventually sank in the Gulf of Mexico.  This tragic event killed 11, injured 17 workers and released massive amounts of oil, natural gas and other substances from BP’s Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico.   The five Gulf Coast State (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida) immediately suffered from the environmental and economic damages of this event.  In 2016, a settlement was finally reached between BP and US Justice Department on the civil and criminal fines levied against BP. 

BIKE TRAILS:  The County developed a masterplan for Bike Trails, Sidewalks and Kayak/Canoeing paddling trails throughout the County to connect Wakulla cities and communities as well as Leon, Franklin, Jefferson and Taylor county. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  The County’s point of contact for current information, County initiatives and regional planning.  The Director of Intergovernmental Affairs also attends state, regional and local partners and stakeholder meetings.   

FEDERAL AND STATE PROGRAMS AND GRANTS:  Federal and state laws, policy and programs have a tremendous impact on local government’s funding, resources, programs and policies.  The Office of Intergovernmal Affairs serves as a liaison between County offices and state agencies regarding new and changing state and federal policies and program, including grant opportunities specifically for local government programs and services.

FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS:  Each year bills are filed and passed that directly influence and impact local government programs and services.   The Intergovernmental Affairs identifies and monitors legislation that could have an impact on local government and works with County and State leadership on support or opposition of proposed legislation.  Annually in preparation for the upcoming legislative season, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs develops a list of recommended County legislative priorities for funding and initiatives to support or oppose.  Approval of the priorities establishes the framework for pursing federal and/or state funding and other legislative policy actions.